The Investigative Reporting Program at Berkeley Journalism created a virtual newsroom involving dozens of students and a staff of professional editors to cover the election. As part of this project, the IRP formed a unique partnership with CalMatters, the preeminent news outlet for California politics and policy, that gave students the opportunity to scrutinize the integrity of this unprecedented election in California. This partnership was part of a historic national collaboration of journalists, called Votebeat, that provided in-depth coverage about how well our election systems and processes functioned. Students also contributed vital election coverage to KQED, the largest public radio station in California.
Elena Neale-Sacks ('22) breaks down why Measure QQ passed when other youth voting measures failed.
Elena Neale-Sacks ('22) reports on in-person voting and preparing for potential protests in Los Angeles.
Brian Howey and Steve Rascón ('22) report on the gloom and anxiety of post-election limbo.
Elena Neale-Sacks ('22) explains the failure of Proposition 18, despite high-profile support and funding.
Freddy Brewster, Dereka Bennett and Injeong Kim ('22) report on a running conflict in Bakersfield, CA between a pro-Trump group calling themselves 1776 Patriots, and BLM protesters.
Eliza Partika ('22) reports on free bus service from Vallejo and Benicia to polling stations in Solano County.
Ari Sen ('22) reports on Proposition 16 which would repeal state’s existing law and allow for preference to be given to members of a certain sex or racial group in public employment, contracting and K12 and higher education.
Qinghui Kong ('22) reports on Proposition 21, which would allow cities to set and manage rent control provisions.
Noah Baustin ('22) reports on Oakland Measure S1 to strengthen the Oakland Police Commission, the civilian body that oversees the Oakland Police Department.
Melissa Perez Winder ('22) reports on Proposition 17 which would amend the California Constitution to allow parolees the right to vote.
Freddy Brewster and Katie Licari ('22) report on communities that felt threatened by Trump caravans.
Aaron Leathley ('21) reports county election departments say they’ll have their first results by 8:30 p.m. or earlier, depending on the county.
Lesley Torres and Sabrina Kharrazi ('22) report on Ballot Measure C.
Sarah Bohannon and Sasha Hupka ('22) report on Measure R, a ballot initiative that proposes a sales tax hike to pay for road maintenance and wildfire prevention.
Isabella Fertel ('22) reports tens of thousands of people incarcerated in county jails are eligible to vote under California law, but many will not cast ballots this election.
Freddy Brewster ('22) reports on common questions fielded by the Ventura County registrar’s office, where the phone has been ringing nonstop.
Robin Estrin ('21) reports how the CARES Act is helping California elections officials foot the bill for election costs.
Sofie Kodner and Noah Baustin ('22) report since on-the-ground campaign efforts have been made unsafe by the pandemic, volunteers from both parties have become even more dependent on the phone.
Sofie Kodner ('22) reports that due to COVID delays, thousands of immigrants who could have been approved and naturalized in time to vote can't.
Aaron Leathley ('21) reports how counties plan to ensure a continuous supply of power to election headquarters where ballots are processed and counted.
Aaron Leathley ('21) and Zachary Fletcher ('22) report across California, officials have been training workers at polling places and vote centers in new protocols.
Zachary Fletcher ('22) reports health departments have barred fans from games, but counties and teams across California are allowing access to stadiums again to vote.
Elena Neale-Sacks ('22) reports how for the first time, Californians can track their mail-in ballots through BallotTrax.
Katie Licari ('22) reports voters in 15 counties can now vote in person at any vote center in their county, not just the polling place assigned to them, following the Voter’s Choice Act of 2016.
Isabella Bloom ('22) reports that because of the pandemic, all registered voters in the state have been sent mail-in ballots. But what about people who have lost their homes to wildfires?
Isabella Bloom (’22) and Marco Torrez (’21) report that for thousands who have lost their homes to wildfires this year, mail-in voting poses a unique set of challenges.
Dylan Svoboda ('22) reports more than 4.5 million Californians have already cast ballots in the 2020 general election — and there’re still 12 days to go.